By FOX SPORTS staff
Yet to make a single competitive appearance for Liverpool this season, Borini departed Anfield on the final day of the summer transfer window to join Paolo Di Canio's Sunderland on a season-long loan deal.
Rodgers told the club's official website that he would be monitoring the Italian forward's displays with the Black Cats and hoped the loan spell would help Borini develop into a player worthy of challenging Liverpool attackers Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and new signing Iago Aspas for a place in the starting line-up.
"It's just to get games. He had a stop-start season last year with his injuries and I just felt this year he needed to go and play football. With Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez, Iago Aspas and some of the other attacking players, that might have been limited," Rodgers explained.
"I have a real belief in Fabio - he is a talent, and we've seen that on occasions, but he needs to be playing regularly to demonstrate that talent. We had a host of clubs wanting to take him but, with Sunderland having the Italian connection there and being a big club where he can go and play, I'm sure he'll get the chance to shine and we'll look closely at his development this year."
The Reds have also strengthened their ranks in central defence by snapping up Kolo Toure, Tiago Ilori and Mamadou Sakho.
20-year old Ilori was eager to rise to the challenge of playing for Liverpool and revealed his hopes of one day following in the footsteps of the recently retired Jamie Carragher in becoming an Anfield legend.
"For me, the competition is great because I'm a young player, I want to learn and I think that with the players in my position I can learn a lot," he noted.
"I used to watch Jamie Carragher play as a young boy and I would have loved to have had the chance to train and play with him. I'd also like to one day maybe fill his place too."